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Northwest Region Data

The Northwest consists of 18 counties stretching two-thirds of the way across the state.  Its largest city is St. Joseph, birthplace of the Pony Express and Jesse James’ last home.  It also includes such gems as Amish Jamesport and sparkling Conception Abbey, Nodaway County.  Top industries include retail trade, farming, food services, and construction.

The regional average wage was $731 per week in the 3rd Quarter of 2016.


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Two-Year U.S. Consumer Price Index(CPI)
2016 2015 Percent Difference
240.0 237.0 1.3%
(1982-84=100, not seasonally adjusted)
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Area Population 2016 Income 2015 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2016
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Andrew County 17,350 $679,765,000 $39,302 $83,857,659
Atchison County 5,293 $217,125,000 $40,921 $50,698,853
Buchanan County 88,938 $3,265,538,000 $36,650 $1,420,839,311
Caldwell County 9,062 $295,974,000 $32,835 $48,641,077
Clinton County 20,610 $789,601,000 $38,313 $104,478,594
Daviess County 8,209 $281,319,000 $34,087 $59,766,823
Dekalb County 12,613 $308,092,000 $24,284 $150,192,069
Gentry County 6,661 $256,650,000 $38,352 $49,332,539
Grundy County 10,165 $330,712,000 $32,753 $86,553,908
Harrison County 8,556 $295,887,000 $34,346 $117,092,728
Holt County 4,448 $164,383,000 $36,660 $34,717,901
Linn County 12,164 $454,188,000 $36,902 $124,597,173
Livingston County 15,235 $510,593,000 $33,976 $218,271,413
Mercer County 3,699 $121,912,000 $33,003 $29,363,181
Nodaway County 22,670 $652,037,000 $28,586 $243,906,007
Putnam County 4,853 $168,348,000 $34,654 $38,254,476
Sullivan County 6,262 $232,962,000 $36,670 $43,569,674
Worth County 2,024 $76,489,000 $37,185 $12,166,544
Northwest Region Summary 258,812 $9,101,575,000 $35,106 $2,916,299,930



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics April 2017
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Andrew County 9,844 9,523 321 3.3%
Atchison County 2,972 2,867 105 3.5%
Buchanan County 45,740 44,043 1,697 3.7%
Caldwell County 4,610 4,436 174 3.8%
Clinton County 11,293 10,925 368 3.3%
Daviess County 4,360 4,217 143 3.3%
Dekalb County 5,097 4,912 185 3.6%
Gentry County 3,743 3,649 94 2.5%
Grundy County 5,044 4,856 188 3.7%
Harrison County 4,084 3,944 140 3.4%
Holt County 2,807 2,735 72 2.6%
Linn County 5,353 5,091 262 4.9%
Livingston County 7,524 7,311 213 2.8%
Mercer County 2,088 2,020 68 3.3%
Nodaway County 11,032 10,650 382 3.5%
Putnam County 2,552 2,467 85 3.3%
Sullivan County 2,859 2,736 123 4.3%
Worth County 1,295 1,266 29 2.2%
Northwest Region Summary 132,297 127,648 4,649 3.5%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
3rd Quarter 2016
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
31 - Manufacturing 240 15,872 $211,725,066 $1,026 2.1%
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,163 13,693 $134,720,821 $757 2.3%
44 - Retail Trade 785 12,536 $75,145,925 $461 2.7%
72 - Accommodation and food services 373 7,252 $25,179,476 $267 3.8%
56 - Administrative and waste services 259 4,152 $30,232,713 $560 5%
52 - Finance and insurance 396 3,174 $39,168,600 $949 1.4%
81 - Other services, except public administra 467 2,329 $16,261,067 $537 4.1%
54 - Professional and technical services 346 2,124 $26,442,108 $958 4.5%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 44 601 $9,288,446 $1,189 12.5%
21 - Mining 15 154 $1,683,773 $841 15.8%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
3rd Quarter 2016
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 5,806 76,241 $724,556,368 $731 1.9%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 333 6,775 $23,318,785 $265 4.3%
311 - Food manufacturing 40 6,177 $77,255,907 $962 3.4%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 231 3,957 $28,403,417 $552 5.1%
622 - Hospitals 9 3,871 $51,584,230 $1,025 3.1%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 291 3,210 $48,372,336 $1,159 4.7%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 51 3,085 $15,775,358 $393 4%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 46 2,703 $38,729,817 $1,102 4%
624 - Social Assistance 772 2,616 $10,755,818 $316 6.3%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 346 2,124 $26,442,108 $958 4.5%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2015
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 70 $126.96 NA NA NA $264,070 NA NA NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 270 $105.56 NA $68.02 $124.32 $219,555 NA $141,488 $258,588
291021 - Dentists, General 50 $94.56 $91.89 $47.11 $118.29 $196,690 $191,141 $97,982 $246,044
291061 - Anesthesiologists 70 $94.48 NA $29.44 $127 $196,522 NA $61,233 $264,166
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists NA $76.09 $73.26 $60.8 $83.73 $158,266 $152,372 $126,472 $174,163
291051 - Pharmacists 220 $59.42 $60.32 $52.55 $62.86 $123,597 $125,471 $109,300 $130,745
231023 - Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 30 $59.05 $65.02 $42.59 $67.28 $122,830 $135,233 $88,596 $139,947
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 40 $56.65 $50.2 $41 $64.47 $117,823 $104,422 $85,282 $134,094
113121 - Human Resources Managers 40 $51.69 $45.08 $31.65 $61.71 $107,513 $93,763 $65,829 $128,354
112022 - Sales Managers 70 $49.75 $43.06 $26.24 $61.5 $103,470 $89,572 $54,583 $127,913

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2012 Projected 2022 Numeric Percent
151133 - Software Developers, Systems Software 7 10 3 42.9% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
512099 - Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 292 393 101 34.6% 15 54 - Above Average B+
212011 - Clergy 29 39 10 34.5% 2 54 - Above Average B+
251072 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 41 55 14 34.1% 2 52 - Well Above Average A
151121 - Computer Systems Analysts 50 67 17 34% 3 52 - Well Above Average A
151143 - Computer Network Architects 3 4 1 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
192032 - Materials Scientists 3 4 1 33.3% NA 54 - Above Average B+
251071 - Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 33 44 11 33.3% 1 52 - Well Above Average A
291181 - Audiologists 6 8 2 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
535021 - Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels 3 4 1 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A

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Consumer Price Index by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); all other tables produced by MERIC in cooperation with BLS.